- Kokoro wa Hitotsu Janai
- PROMPT (Off Vocal)
- Kokoro wa Hitotsu Janai (Off Vocal)
PROMPT starts with the lovely combination of a piano melody, fuzzy synths, and smooth strings. Shortly after, dance beat is brought in with a trance bassline, coinciding with the introduction of Natsumi’s vocals. The verse’s instrumentation is basically 100% trance, i.e. synths, beats, synths, FX synths and synths. However, when the tempo slows, guitars and backing vocals make an appearance, which I appreciate. Natsumi’s voice shows good, consistent tone through verse and chorus, and she hits her high and low notes well. So all good in the vocal department. The weak point of this song is the chorus though. It is a disappointingly generic J-Pop affair, with no real attempt at uniqueness. Well, PROMPT wasn’t composed by Chiaki Ishikawa like Watashi wa Souzou Suru so I didn’t expect it to be as awesome, but it is still a bit of a let down.
2. Kokoro wa Hitotsu Janai
Okies, on to the B-side. Kokoro wa Hitotsu Janai is a fairly standard anison track, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, right? It kicks of with a bright guitar melody with a side helping of strings. Real drums too, yay! The verse is so very anison – quieter bit, louder bit etc. There’s some nice riffs in there as well, plus a short, trickling piano line which grabs my attention, and Natsumi singing low sounds good. Strings return in the chorus with some very interesting countermelodies, to complement the guitar and piano already featuring. I like the bit of rock feel in the track, especially the guitar solo with the dual lead part. It’s a pretty good song, so a solid B-side to PROMPT.
Watashi wa Souzou Suru was quite a hard act to follow, so while I wasn’t expecting the same quality, it still was a bit disappointing. However, both tracks, while safe, were both good listens. Of course, I’m still very pleased with how much of an awesome singer Natsumi Kon is. I shall be expecting some cool stuff from her in the future.